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“Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit love.”
Aikido is a Japanese Budo (or Martial Way) developed around the middle of the 20th century by O-sensei Morihei Ueshiba based on his many years and training in the classical Martial Arts and defined by his ethical and philosophical beliefs.
Aikido is an art based on the fundamental concepts of harmony or blending, inner power, and the purpose of developing the practitioner. In fact, the very name of the art is made of these components :
- Ai can be translated as harmony or blending.
- Ki can be translated as inner power, spirit or life energy.
- Do means a way or a path.
There are many possible translations/interpretations of the meaning of the name. Probably the most common translation is “The Way of Harmony with Spirit”. In an early book, it was translated as “The Way of Chivalrous Spiritual Harmony”.
Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba, he is also known by Aikidoka as o-sensei with the “o” prefix meaning “honorable”, therefore signifying in this case, Honorable Teacher. the major parts of Aikido are derived from Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu a form of Jujutsu with many joint techniques, and kenjutsu ), or Japanese sword technique (some believe the tactics in Aikido are especially influenced by Yagyū Shinkage-ryū). Aikido is also considered to contain a significant spiritual component.
Aikido was first brought to the West in 1951 by Minoru Mochizuki with a visit to France. It was introduced to the United States in 1953 by Kenji Tomiki and, a little later in the same year by Koichi Tohei. The United Kingdom followed in 1955, Germany and Australia in 1965. Today there are many aikido dojos available to train at throughout the world.
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